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A Sliver of Darkness

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Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. End of the Liner – A 75-year-old woman, Leila is part of the community that lives their entire life on a cruise liner.

If you are a fan of short stories, a fan of Tudor and looking to try something new - look no further! I already had a taste of Tudor’s short story writing when three were tacked on to an audio that I listened to a couple of years ago…one of them showed up in this collection (The Lion at the Gate) and I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed it the first time. Story 4 | "The Completion" - A sordid real estate agent will do anything to sell an expensive property and the owner makes a deal that the firm cannot refuse. Short story collections seem to have gone out of fashion in recent times, which is something of a pity.It’s the end of the world as we know it; survivors live out their lives cruising the seas on Ocean Liners. I always enjoy when an author includes these types of insights into their inspirations, or connections, to each story. I am not a huge fan of short stories, but I thought that all of these were good, and some were better than good. In Final Course, the world has descended into darkness, but a group of old friends make time for one last dinner party.

All the stories have their own little introduction by the author, which added that extra depth to them and it was interesting to see the inspiration and ideas that sparked these tales. The book opens with a heartfelt introduction by this “down to earth” author, and in it she shares that in January 2021, her Dad passed away. Even though there were a couple I didn't fully get at the end, I think that's more due to me not being the person who figures the ending out ahead of time, and CJ may be expanding some of these in future, I think. Although I wasn’t scared by each story, they were certainly creepy and I found myself completely hooked by every single one. Each story had a menacing type tone but with a bit of dark humor in them that just made every one so captivating to read.After all, “The Other Place” was an easy 5 star read for me, and two of her others earned 4 shiny stars! During this tough period, Tudor was working on a novel, but it seemed that the words were reluctant to appear on page, an elusiveness that fatigued and exasperated her. Tudor’s “A Sliver of Darkness” is an exciting short story collection that was fantastic from start to finish. She is now the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man, The Taking of Annie Thorne, The Other People, The Burning Girls and The Drift . Runaway Blues-Pink Martinis at the Blue Flamingo in the 1930’s and a “fat man” who could sing the blues.

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